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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 7.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Creately is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • SmartDraw is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.4

Creately

84%
2 Ratings
8.1

SmartDraw

81%
11 Ratings

Support Rating

5.6

Creately

56%
4 Ratings
8.4

SmartDraw

84%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Creately

Very good online option for flowcharts and other purposes; can be quite cost-effective, too, depending on how you use it.
Mike Eisenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartDraw

I believe SmartDraw is a great tool for small- to mid-sized organizations for simplifying the production and management of org charts. We've also had the PMO experiment with the use of some of their flow charts as well.If an organization has an HCM with the capability of producing (good!) org charts, that is likely the best option... but many that I have used in my 30-year HR career don't. So there is definitely a need for SmartDraw in the market!
Brad Holliday, PHR, SHRM-CP, CBM, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Creately

  • Creately provides the same experience that other similar tools (i.e. Visio) provides, but presents it in a much more colorful, unique manner. The colors are vibrant, and my clients have always been impressed with the quality and feel.
  • Creately provides a lot of creative control over how your images look. I can play with the opacity and color scheme, or use what they already provide.
  • Creately also allows me to create wireframes for clients to review, whether desktop or mobile. I can create simple, easy to understand frames and concepts in minutes - they're super professional looking and ready to share.
  • I like the pricing model. Right now I can pay month-to-month, or pay a one-time fee for a year. It's also less expensive than Visio, which is very nice.
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartDraw

  • Provides examples to work off of--these are helpful when you don't know exactly where to start.
  • Provides a number of stylistic options without making things too complex, so you can be creative without getting overwhelmed.
  • Provides a wide variety of templates, meets a wide variety of needs.
Kimberly Higgins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Creately

  • The transition Creately made this year to their new non-Flash platform seems to almost function like a beta release in some instances.
  • Customer support sometimes takes a while to return and the responses are not always the best or most helpful. Follow up isn't great, either.
Mike Eisenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartDraw

  • A month-to-month plan would be ideal for users that don't have a need to create many projects
  • The sidebar navigation can be a little confusing with all of the tools listed.
  • Offering customizable plans with only the feature you need would simplify navigation
Genie Huff-Forkner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Creately

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
6.95

Starting Price

$40 per month

Creately Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Creately Desktop$751
Creately Server6.951
  1. per user
SaaS Edition
Creately Online Personal6.951
Creately Team 5$401
Creately Team 10$801
Creately Team 25$2001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details
We offer deeply discounted prices for non profits, educational institutes and charities.

SmartDraw

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$595 per user/per month

SmartDraw Editions & Modules

Edition
Single-User9.951
Multiple-Users (for 5+ users)5.952
  1. per month
  2. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details

Support Rating

Creately

Creately 5.6
Based on 4 answers
I haven't used Creately's support. I don't know what to rate this to be honest. If there was an "N/A," I'd use that. I like products where I don't have to do a lot of research or studying to learn how to use the software. Creately allows me to jump in and go.
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartDraw

SmartDraw 8.4
Based on 4 answers
They are always very helpful, we get computers every two years and I have to call them to move the license from one computer to another and they do it with a smile in their voice!
Trish Kootstra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Creately

In terms of pricing and functionality, Creately was the clear winner at the time, although the jury is still out on Creately's new version in terms of how simple it may be to use.
Mike Eisenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartDraw

We have used Corel Draw and Adobe Acrobat. Both of those tools were good when they came out but the abilities of SmartDraw far outweigh both those tools. Corel Draw was also more complex to operate and do tasks, as was Adobe Acrobat in which some basic tasks took additional steps to complete.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Creately

  • Creately is less expensive and dare I say more professional looking than Visio. It looks great at a fraction of the price.
  • Creately allows me to share ideas and processes with my clients. It shows that I understand their business processes, and increases their trust in my abilities to work with them.
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartDraw

  • SmartDraw has provided good return for our internal purposes. Using it to understand an organization's structure and inner workings has been valuable. On the client side, creating steps and businesses processes has also been a big plus. It has helped decrease confusing reporting structures and has provided a detailed map for individuals to understand where they fit within their organization.
  • Unfortunately, SmartDraw has been somewhat inefficient with some of the more complex projects on our plate and has really deterred certain employees from even wanting to use it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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